Colour Therapy Then & Now

Colour Hasn’t Always Been Just A Pretty Face

Many of us take for granted that colour has always been with us to adorn our homes and bodies, but that hasn’t always been the case. In ancient times, man had symbolism, mystery and magic in mind when using colour. It wasn’t until the Renaissance period that colour changed from sacred formulas that were deeply rooted in mysticism, to the artist’s individual expression of beauty. Artists such as, Sandro Botticellin and Leonardo Da Vinci became famous during this period and brought another dimension to the way we perceive colour.

Sense the beginning of recorded time (and probably sooner) man understood colour’s healing powers. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Greek and Roman physicians revered colour. They diagnosed through it and prescribed organic and inorganic medicines and rituals. Though Egyptian medicine dates from about 2900 B.C., best known and most important pharmaceutical record is the "Papyrus Ebers" (1500 B.C. - see images), a collection of 800 prescriptions, mentioning 700 drugs. The document revealed that ancient Egyptian physicians prescribed coloured minerals, such as red and yellow ochre, malachite and red.

Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine was very much aware of colour’s holistic powers. He incorporated Colour Therapy into his practice. Hippocrates painted his treatment rooms in healing hues and like his predecessors, he used coloured ointments and salves as remedies.

Technology-colour & Light Therapy

Light plays a vital role in our lives; without it all life ceases to exist. Light equally plays a vital role with colour; without it all colour ceases to exist. Many of the ancient principles of Colour and Light Therapy are used today, in modern medicine. Colour or Chroma Therapy is a form of Energy Medicine.

Used By:

  • Pediatricians to treat neonatal, infants with jaundice. Babies are bathed in blue light, which helps bring them back to a healthy state.
  • Dermatologists to treat acne, rashes, psoriasis and other skin disorders.
  • Mental health specialists to treat individuals with SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorders), a form of depression. Therapy helps them restore and retain energy and fight winter blues. SAD is often associated with shortened daylight hours in winter months of northern latitudes.
  • Sleep specialist doctors treat insomnia sleep-related disorders.
  • Commercial airlines to help reduce jet lag in passengers, on long international flights.

Researchers have two primary beliefs why Colour and Light Therapy is an effective treatment for SAD, depression, insomnia and jet lag patients. One-it triggers the brain's production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter related to mood disorders. Two-it relieves depression and jet lag by resetting the body's circadian rhythm, or inner biological clock.

Here’s an amazing product, that I’m proud to be a part of. I consulted with Mr.Steam to help design and market their Steamtherapy©. This Chroma, Aroma and Music Therapy, steam shower enhances your breathing exercises, leaving you with a sense of wellness. The scent and colour evokes moods and heighten your emotions.

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